Keeping an eye on the main chance

If we are only against Hillary or Obama, who’s against McCain?
And if not now, when?

A correspondent worries about the level of Clinton-v.-Obama vitriol in Left Blogistan:

As Hillel didn’t quite say, If we are only against Hillary or Obama, who’s against McCain?

And if not now, when?

Fair enough. I actually thought twice about breaching my own cease-fire, but I thought the Clinton campaign’s apparent decision to join forces with the VRWC required some sort of comment. However, from now on I don’t expect to mention HRC again until she drops out.

I encourage those on both sides of the Clinton/Obama divide, if they don’t want to join in the cease-fire, to at least make it a rule to put up one nasty post about McCain for every nasty post about the other Democratic candidate.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com